Year of the Dragon: Hot & Noisy Affair at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden this Sunday, January 29

This Sunday, January 29, is packed with Chinese New Year events. Along with the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade & Cultural Fair, Chinatown’s beloved Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden is hosting a special, by donation event: the Year of the Dragon Temple Fair: A Hot & Noisy Affair.

The Year of the Dragon Temple Fair: A Hot & Noisy Affair is an all-day celebration based on the temple fairs of old. The “Hot & Noisy” appellation is comes from the Chinese word “Re Nao,” often used to describe the “hustle and bustle” of crowds on the street; for this temple fair, it denotes a mixture of traditional cultural activities, ranging from games and live music to a multi-media tea ceremony.

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Year of the Dragon: Hot & Noisy Affair at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden this Sunday, January 29

Chinese New Year 2012: Five fab regional events

Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) is approaching faster than the beat of a lion dance.  I should know; I just lost half an hour watching the Lion Dance Championships on YouTube.

The first day of the Year of the Dragon is January 23 and the festivities keep rolling for another 15 days. Dana covered Vancouver’s packed Chinese New Year event schedule, including the parade in Chinatown January 29.  Thanks to the region’s robust Chinese-Canadian population, there’s a lot of celebratory events outside of Vancouver too.

Here’s a round up of Chinese New Year events in the communities surrounding Vancouver. Bonus: The events below are all inside, so you can stay warm and dry. Continue reading:
Chinese New Year 2012: Five fab regional events

Cultural fusion done right: 15th annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner January 22

The Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner is a culture-bending event celebrating Chinese-Canadian and Scottish-Canadian heritage, and arguably one of Vancouver’s most creative parties. Invented by a Vancouverite, the legendary dinner takes place January 22 at Floata Restaurant.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy combines two holidays: Chinese New Year (January 23) and Robbie Burns Day, the 253rd birthday of Scottish national poet Robert Burns (born January 25, 1759).

The result is riotous fusion fun. Floata’s menu sports fusion delicacies like deep-fried haggis won tons and neeps (mashed potatoes and swede with nutmeg) served dim sum style. Entertainment entails Robbie Burns poetry set to Elvis and and tongue-in-cheek singalongs to “My Chow Mein (Bonny) Lies Over the Ocean.”

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Cultural fusion done right: 15th annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner January 22

Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade – January 29, 2012

Of all the Vancouver Chinese New Year events celebrating the Year of the Dragon, there’s one that stands out from the rest: the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade, one of the largest annual parades in the city.

Over 3,000 people take part in the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade (as in: are actually part of the parade itself)! Featuring the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada, the parade also boasts multicultural dance troupes, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands, and more. Every year, the parade draws over 50,000 spectators—it’s loads of free fun for all ages!

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Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade – January 29, 2012

Vancouver Chinese New Year Events 2012

Chinese New Year falls on January 23, 2012, and Vancouver has several events to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, from the famous cultural mash-up Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner to the free, annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade.

Top 5 Vancouver Chinese New Year Events 2012

1. Chinese New Year Bazaar – January 16 – 20, 2012 – FREE
Take pictures with a Dragon and browse loads of discounted merchandise at this festive bazaar in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. Takes place from 10:30am – 3:30pm daily from January 16 – 20 at 28 West Pender Street.

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Vancouver Chinese New Year Events 2012

25 worthwhile Vancouver happenings in January 2012

Image: PuSh Festival

After the gift and booze-fueled revelry of December, January can look quite bleak. Don’t despair. This is mostly chemical and will disappear by January 2, if you drink lots of water.

January in Vancouver is packed full of cultural happenings, sporting events, festivals and markets. I’ve listed 25 events to look forward to in January after the jump.

With options ahead like Dine Out Vancouver, the annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Chinese New Year, good luck trying to schedule a night in, folks.
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25 worthwhile Vancouver happenings in January 2012